Friday, 23 June 2017

Telstra, Vodafone win govt funding for rural base stations

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Thursday 25 June 15

Telcos to roll out or upgrade 499 base stations to improve mobile coverage using their own investment and that provided by the state; Optus failed to win funding in tender.

Telstra and Vodafone will take part in a A$385 million public-private funding programme that will see them extend mobile coverage to rural areas and other blackspots by building or upgrading 499 base station sites over three years. Telstra will contribute the bulk of the funding and roll out 429 towers to Vodafone's 70 under the government's mobile blackspots programme, the Department of Communications announced on Thursday. The incumbent's share of the investment will come in at A$165 million…

Telstra and Vodafone will take part in a A$385 million public-private funding programme that will see them extend mobile coverage to rural areas and other blackspots by building or upgrading 499 base station sites over three years. Telstra will contribute the bulk of the funding and roll out 429 towers to Vodafone's 70 under the government's mobile blackspots programme, the Department of Communications announced on Thursday. The incumbent's share of the investment will come in at A$165 million…

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